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U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz was honored with the American Medical Association’s (AMA) top government service award, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award. Rep. Schwartz has represented the 13th District of Pennsylvania in Congress for four terms and currently serves on the House Budget Committee. She received the award last evening in Washington, D.C. as part of the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference.
“Rep. Schwartz has played a vital role in addressing some of health care’s toughest issues,” said AMA Chairman Robert Wah, M.D. “She has been able to bring together her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to discuss a permanent solution to the Medicare physician payment formula that will help millions of seniors and military families maintain access to health care.”Rep. Schwartz is one of six honorees chosen this year to receive the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The award, named after the founder of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose outstanding work has promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.“The Nathan Davis Award provides the AMA an opportunity to recognize government officials who exceeded expectations in order to improve public health,” said Dr. Wah. “Recipients represent various branches of the government and are examples of what can be accomplished when we work together to advance the health and well-being of all Americans.”Rep. Schwartz was nominated for the Nathan Davis Award by Marilyn J. Heine, M.D., president, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges. This year marks the 23rdanniversary of the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards.